Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.— Augustine Birrell
The most profound Augustine Birrell quotes that are guaranted to improve your brain
Libraries are not made, they grow.
There were no books in Eden, and there will be none in heaven
Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.
That great dust-heap called 'history'.
Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.
It is the Mass the matters.
History is a pageant and not a philosophy.
The man who has a library of his own collection is able to contemplate himself objectively, and is justified in believing in his own existence.
An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand books and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy.
Given Pounds and five years, and an ordinary man can in the ordinary course, without any undue haste or putting any pressure upon his taste, surround himself with books, all in his own language, and thence forward have at least one place in the world.
An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand books and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is always possible to be happy.
One whom it is easier to hate, but still easier to quote--Alexander Pope.
Milton calls the university A stony-hearted step-mother.
A great library easily begets affection, which may deepen into love.
A poet's soul must contain the perfect shape of all things good, wise and just.
His body must be spotless and without blemish, his life pure, his thoughts high, his studies intense.
Is this true or only clever?
It can never be wrong to give pleasure.
I am far too much in doubt about the present, far too perturbed .
about the future, to be otherwise than profoundly reverential about the past.
Few men can afford to be angry.
Great is bookishness and the charm of books.
Poetry should be vital--either stirring our blood by its divine movements or snatching our breath by its divine perfection. To do both is supreme glory, to do either is enduring fame.
It is pleasant to be admitted into the birth-chamber of a great idea destined to be translated into action.
Personally, I am dead against the burning of books.
There are no habits of man more alien to the doctrine of the Communist than those of the collector